Korean car maker Hyundai is reportedly planning to launch a high-performance version of the Tucson SUV with the help of its high-performance sub-brand N. The sub-division is currently working on the i30N, a hot hatch rivalling Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST. After this, the Tucson N variant is in consideration.
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"If you look at the Tucson today it is very relaxed, very comfortable to drive, but to have an N version requires a lot of power, nice transmission, nice handling, sportier tyres and lowered body," Drive quoted boss of the N division, Albert Biermann. "The cars are out there and we can have a very good business with SUVs. We have a good platform with the Tucson to make a high-performance SUV," former head of BMW's high-performance M brand added.
Biermann has already confirmed the development of i30N and a Fastback (next gen Veloster most probably) will follow. He is open to the concept of performance variants of every Hyundai car models and said "The fun-to-drive element is not limited to the size and segment of the car; you can create fun cars in every segment."
Surprisingly Hyundai has no plans to launch N badged variants to the upcoming Genesis luxury model range. The N division treated Genesis cars had been rumoured to take on the likes of volume-drivers; BMW M, Mercedes-AMG and Audi Sport.
Hyundai is also planning to unveil its new compact SUV named Kona in the coming days. This small SUV is also tipped to get N division's performance upgrades on a later stage for select markets.
Hyundai India currently sells regular Tucson SUV in the country. The N division amplified Tucson model is not expected in India since the demand for such vehicles is thin in India.